Mukhamedov joins Putrov’s Men in Motion at Coliseum

Vera Liber

Irek Mukhamedov will join the line-up of Men in Motion when Ivan Putrov’s celebration of the male dancer returns to the London Coliseum for two performances on 22 and 23 November 2017.

Since the first London run in 2012, Putrov has continued to develop his “100 years in 100 minutes” exploration of the role of the male dancer over the past century.

He said, “my interest in the changing role of the man in ballet has taken me on a fascinating journey, re-discovering some ground-breaking pieces of the 20th century, bringing outstanding contemporary works to new audiences and commissioning new ballets from some of today’s finest choreographers.

“The latest version of Men in Motion will feature familiar pieces and some new additions. I look forward to working with the outstanding artists who will be joining me and am absolutely delighted to welcome Irek Mukhamedov who continues to be an inspiration both as performer and teacher to generations of dancers.”

Mukhamedov, who will perform a new work created for him by Arthur Pita, said, “dancing is my life. Being in the studio, passing on what I know to other dancers and, of course, performing, are what make life worthwhile.

"I am really looking forward to working with Arthur Pita—the challenge of creating something new is always exciting for a dancer, young or old. I love being on stage and am thrilled that Men in Motion will allow me to take on a new journey of artistic discovery.”

Matthew Ball, Daniel Proietto and Edward Watson will also be performing choreography ranging from Fokine and Nijinsky to Maliphant and Pita at the Coliseum.

Putrov will dance the role made famous by Nijinsky in Fokine’s Le Spectre de la rose, Proietto will perform Russell Maliphant’s Afterlight inspired by Nijinsky and Watson will reprise Pita’s Volver, Volver, which sees him move from matinée idol to Spiderman.

The performance is accompanied by a live orchestra under the direction of Richard Bernas.